The Fringe Files

Samantha (2015)

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For 2015, The Fringe Files presented brand new stage play Samantha, written and directed by Michael Starr. This script marked a return to dramatic theatre for the company.

The Plot

This play is a three character piece exploring Munchhausen by proxy, focusing specifically on the struggles of a mother and her young daughter.

The Notes

For this production, The Fringe Files welcomed Joshua Phillips (performer), Imogen Greenwood (performer), Robert Walker (photography), Mark Williamson (photography), Rhian Brimble (tech), Sarah Brady (hair / make-up & stage manager), Mickey Berry (stage manager) and Murilo Leite D’Imperio (dance consultant) for their debut show with us. Stalwarts Ian Tapner (props master) and Michael Starr (writer / director) both returned for their forth and fifth production respectively. Theresa Roche (performer) returned to The Fringe Files for the first time since our 2011 inaugural show, The Curse of Miss Fortune, to complete the line-up.

Samantha marked a permanent HQ switch back to Bristol for The Fringe Files following three seasons away. The company were previously based in Somerset between 2012 and 2014.

The Timetable

Auditions were held on April 12, 2015. Rehearsals ran from July to October 2015 at The Drawbridge (Bristol). Performance venues included Hamilton House (Bristol) on October 3, 2015, The Rhoda McGaw Theatre, as part of the Woking Drama Festival (October 10, 2015) & the Riverside Arts Centre, as part of the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival (October 23, 2015).

The Team

The following members were involved in this production:

Michael Starr Director / Writer / Producer / Sound Tech
Rhian Brimble Lighting Tech
Ian Tapner Stage Design
Murilo Leite D’Imperio Dance Consultant
Sarah Brady Hair / Make-up / Stage Manager (Sunbury)
Mickey Berry Stage Manager (Woking)
Robert Walker Photography
Mark Williamson Photography
Imogen Greenwood Performer
Theresa Roche Performer
Joshua Phillips Performer

The Accolades

We are proud to have received the following award acknowledgements:

Rhian Brimble & Michael Starr nominated in ‘Technical excellence’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
Michael Starr nominated in ‘Best new play’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
The Fringe Files nominated in ‘Stage presentation’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
The Fringe Files nominated in ‘The adjudicator’s choice award’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
Joshua Phillips nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Spelthorne & Runnymede Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]
Joshua Phillips nominated in ‘Best male actor’ category for production Samantha, presented at the Woking Drama Festival. [2015] [nominated]

The Script

This script is now available to digitally download for free. If you do perform this play, please do consider offering a token donation to the writer. Click here to visit the download page.